Grit. Dictionary.com defines it as “firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck” along with “abrasive.”
Movies have been made about grit – I think of John Wayne and Kim Darby playing gritty characters in True Grit.1
Flannery O’Connor viewed sentimental Christian writing as “… a distortion that overemphasized innocence.”…“And innocence, when exaggerated in a fallen world, not only mocked the true state of man and society, but the price that was paid for their redemption.”2
In these examples, grit includes telling it like it is and still forging ahead.
The Bible says of suffering, “perseverance, character; and character, hope.”3